What you’ll study
Why join an online Access course with the University of Aberdeen?
How you’ll study
You’re completely free to set your own study hours. The learning resources are there for you 24/7, all year round, so you can drop in and study anytime.
- Learning and assessment total approximately 150 hours.
- That’s around 10 – 15 hours per week over 12 weeks.
- This is a rough guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.
- ‘Learning only’ totals approximately 120 hours of study time.
Our Access courses are 100% online, so you don’t have any on-campus or in-person exams.
Learning and assessment
- Your course ends with two assessments. You complete and submit these online.
- You don’t have to take these final assessments until you feel totally ready. You can go back and review previous learning until you feel confident and ready to progress to the assessment stage.
- You need to pass both assessments. They combine to give you a final grade using our Common Grading Scale.
- You won’t have any assessments to complete. You won’t earn any credits if you choose this option. What are credits?
- If you later decide that you’d like to sit the assessments, you can purchase the assessment part of this course separately anytime.
We mark assessments at five fixed points throughout the year, called exit points.
You can submit your assessments anytime, and your work will be marked at the next available exit point. We position exit points throughout the year to line up with university and college admission dates. See our timeline below.
Once assessments are marked, you’ll receive your grades online. We’ll also email your transcript (proof of your grades) to you after your grades are announced.
Using Access to gain entry to college or university?
You’ll need your Access transcript as evidence for admissions departments. Please ensure you have enough time to receive your results and transcript before your course start date.
Exit points for academic year 2021/2022:
Exit point 1
- Exit point closes: 10am, 3 September 2021
- Results available: 1 October 2021
Exit point 2
- Exit point closes: 10am, 5 November 2021
- Results available: 3 December 2021
Exit point 3
- Exit point closes: 10am, 21 January 2022
- Results available: 17 February 2022
Exit point 4
- Exit point closes: 10am, 13 May 2022
- Results available: 10 June 2022
Exit point 5
- Exit point closes: 10am, 8 July 2022
- Results available: 5 August 2022
If you fail an assessment, you are allowed one resubmission attempt for the next available exit point. There is a £30 fee to resit your assessments.
Learning and assessment
- 15 credits at SCQF Level 5 (National 5-equivalent level)
- and a transcript of your achievement from the University of Aberdeen.
This isn’t an actual National 5. Nationals are awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
Our Access qualifications are awarded by the University of Aberdeen and graded using the University’s Common Grading Scale. Our Access qualifications are designed:
- in accordance with the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at National 5 level
- by educationalists experienced in working at this academic level
- to develop your National 5-level skills
- to support your access into college and university.
You won’t receive a qualification, credits or a transcript.
However, you’ll have boosted your learning and if you later decide you’d like to sit the assessments, you can purchase this separately anytime.
Where this will take you
Further Access courses
You will need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on:
- Windows 8 or later
- Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra) or later.
All our teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. However, you’re likely to need a proper laptop or computer keyboard for completing assignments comfortably.
Reliable internet access
With reasonable download speed. We broadly estimate at least 2Mbps so that you can take part fully in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- A headset with built-in microphone and earphones is useful if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam may be desirable for some interactive sessions.
We will give you access to Office365 applications. This means that you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.
If your course requires any specialist software, then we’ll provide you with copies of this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure that means you are never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean that you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
This course is very much self-guided.
- Have you ever taken a course that involved a high proportion of self-study?
- If yes, did you enjoy self-study as a way of learning?
Self-study isn’t for everyone. If you’ve struggled in the past, or have any concerns, please get in touch.
Sorry, this course is not eligible for any discounts or fee waivers.
Spread the cost
You can spread the cost of this course by starting with the ‘Learning only’ part. You can then purchase the assessment part separately when you’re ready.
How to pay
- You need to pay your course fee before you start your course.
- You enrol and pay for your course online – simply apply below.
- We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.
Fees for this course will rise a little at the start of each academic year, on 1 August. This increase is typically 5%.